Definition of Sputnik in English:

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Sputnik

Pronunciation: /ˈspətnik/ /ˈspo͝ot-/

noun

Each of a series of Soviet artificial satellites, the first of which (launched on October 4, 1957) was the first satellite to be placed in orbit.
Example sentences
  • Ever since the Soviets launched sputnik in 1957, satellites have been part of our consciousness.
  • The first sputnik and Yuriy Gagarin's flight on April 12, 1961 made this country a great space power.
  • In Russian, the word sputnik means a travelling companion.

Origin

Russian, literally 'fellow-traveler'.

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Syllabification: Sput·nik

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